Genovese Basil Herb Garden Planting Seeds
- Genovese Basil Herb Days to Maturity: 60+(leaves) 90(seeds)
- Genovese Basil Hardiness Zones: 9-11 Perennial, 3-9 Annual
- Genovese Basil Seed Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Genovese Basil Seed Plant Spacing: 15-18”
- Genovese Basil Growth Habit: Upright/compact bush
- Soil Preference: Rich and well-drained
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Pests/diseases: Japanese beetles, slugs and aphids
- Genovese Basil Herb Color: Large dark-green leaves, purple flowers
- Genovese Basil Herb/Seed Flavor: Fresh, sweet, bold licorice spice
Genovese Basil Growing Habits
Non-GMO Genovese Basil (Ocimum basilicum) plants grow 24-30” tall as compact bushes. Popular heirlooms such as Genovese Basil Herbs, produce into late summer with vigorous growth, developing large dark-green leaves. Your basil crop will reach ideal harvesting as they grow 2-3” leaves, but before they bloom. This type of sweet basil thrives with regular moisture and will continue to mature and give off a bold licorice scent with sweet flavor until the first frost arrives. By early fall, your Genovese Basil will provide purple flowers and begin to seed.
Basil in general, is an ultimate hybrid herb with many different varieties. As basil is also ancient and diverse, it’s a challenge for gardeners to pin down a single native origin. Basil can be classified as either sweet or non-sweet. The popular types are considered sweet. For example, a cultivar that isn’t sweet would be clove basil. Genovese is a sweet basil type, but shouldn’t be confused with other Sweet Basil cultivars.
Non-Culinary Uses for Genovese Basil Herb Seed
As basil is one of the best herbs to grow when it comes to health, Genovese Basil plants can be made into natural cosmetic remedies such as soaps, fragrances and shampoo. The oils that come from their leaves are used to aid depression. You can also grow this sweet and spicy basil to hang dry and make sachets, as Genovese Basil provides many medicinal components which help regulate the nervous system.
Culinary Uses for Genovese Basil Herb Seed
As an heirloom basil that provides sweet and spicy licorice aroma, Genovese Basil is an ideal ingredient in many different types of cooking. From fresh Thai salads to warm tomato soups, pesto sauces and the popular margherita pizza—Genovese Basil is essential to any garden. As sweet basil varieties range in flavor, Genovese, also referred to as the “Italian Basil” thrives as a diverse herb. Genovese Basil is related to Sweet Basil, but their flavor differs, as Genovese provides a bolder flavor.
Benefits of Growing Genovese Basil Herb Seed
As basil is a natural insect repellent, this larger-sized basil variety also makes an ideal companion plant. Place your Genovese Basil in a container near your tomatoes in the summer for bold flavor, better growth and to help prevent pests.
Genovese Basil Seeds Per Package:
- 1 oz - Approximately 19,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 76,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 304,000 Seeds
- 5 lbs - Approximately 1,520,000 Seeds
- 25 lbs - Approximately 7,600,000 Seeds